The prototypes were caught going twice the posted speed limit.
We saw earlier this week that a number of late-stage Ford GT prototypes were undergoing final testing at high altitude in Colorado. But it seems the trip to the mountains has not been entirely incident-free, the drivers getting into a spot of bother with the local police when they were stopped for speeding at twice the posted limit.
According to local news outlet Vail Daily, the three supercars were clocked by a state patrol trooper traveling at 101 miles per hour (163 kilometres per hour) in Glenwood Canyon. That particular stretch of Interstate 70 has a speed limit of 50 mph (80 km/h). Oops.
The trooper radioed ahead and the police caught up with the convoy 35 miles (56 km) later in Avon. And there were a lot of police, officers from the Avon police department, Eagle County Sheriff’s office, and Colorado State Patrol answering the call.
The drivers of the GTs and the police apparently dealt with the situation in good spirits - getting ticketed can be chalked up as an occupational hazard when you test supercars for a living, and it was probably the most excitement the cops had had in a while. The caravan, stopped on an I70 exit ramp, reportedly attracted a large crowd of bystanders, rubberneckers, and spotters.
The GT continues the line of Blue Oval-badged supercars that began with the legendary GT40 race car of the 1960s. This new iteration is powered by a mid-mounted, 3.5-litre, twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine reportedly developing 600 horsepower. No performance figures have yet been given, but bet on a 0 to 60 mph (0 to 100 km/h) time in the low three-second range, and a top speed well past 200 mph (360 km/h).
Ford recently announced it will double the GT’s production run from the 500 cars already allocated. Just 250 will be built a year, for a price of around $400,000 USD. Deliveries of the first batch are expected to start early next year, while order books for the second batch will open early in 2018.
By the way, do these prototypes not look awesome in matte-effect military green?
Source: Vail Daily